Gators sweep Volunteers to lock up 25-win season


Ziva Recek was one of three Gators with double-digit kills against Tennessee on Wednesday.

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Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Chloe Mann, Ziva Recek and Alex Holston all notched double-digit kills as Florida volleyball's 25th victory of the season came with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 sweep against Tennessee on Wednesday.

Holston led the Gators with 13 kills, Recek finished with 12, and Mann totaled 10 kills. Recek notched her sixth match in the last seven with double-digit kills, while Mann reached double-digit kills four the fourth time in the last eight matches.

With the victory, Florida earned its 23rd consecutive 25-win season, all under coach Mary Wise.

“We had a really good performance out of a number of different players, but you have to look at the play of Alex, Chloe and Ziva in terms of their offensive production,” Wise said. “I thought Nikki O'Rourke gave us a spark off the bench, some good things happened. Now we have a quick turnaround getting ready for LSU Friday night.”

For the eighth time this season, the Gators (25-3, 14-2 SEC) had no reception errors. Mann is hitting .471 for her career and is the school's career record holder in the category. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is the NCAA active leader in hitting percentage and has jumped to first in the NCAA record book in career hitting percentage, ahead of Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468).

Libero Taylor Unroe had a team-high 10 digs on the night for the Gators. Holly Pole paced the Gators with three service aces against Tennessee (9-20, 1-14).

The Gators play their regular-season home finale at 7 p.m. Friday against LSU.

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